Using the Internet as a Tool for Business Reporting

A Session for the Knight Fellows in Specialized Journalism

Ira Chinoy

Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

June 20, 2003


(see the list at the bottom for additional  sites recommended by the Knight Fellows)


Sites with links for business reporters


Society of American Business Editors and Writers:   Online resources


Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR)

IRE Resource Center:

NICAR Net Tour:

NICAR database library:


Chris Callahan’s resources page for reporters

Business page:

Business beat:



SEC filings


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – EDGAR Database

Guide to SEC Forms
Examples for demo:
10K (annual):
DEF 14A (proxy info):





Examples of tools for making connections



Example:  Enron




TouchGraph GoogleBrowser



University of Maryland databases online


Business and economics-related databases

(Select “Business/Economics” under “Databases by Subject”)



The economy


Federal Reserve:  Economic Research and Data


U.S. Census Economic Programs



Industry profiles


Bureau of Labor Statistics



Business profiles






D & B





U.S. Census Bureau E-Commerce Statistics



The business of politics


Federal Election Commission


The Center for Responsive Politics:


The Center for Public Integrity:  State Projects


PoliticalMoneyLine / FECInfo /



Federal assistance:  The good, the bad, …


U.S. Small Business Administration


U.S. Department of Commerce


Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance


Federal Assistance Award Data System


Federal Audit Clearinghouse


General Accounting Office:  GAO Reports


Yahoo:  Government Fraud and Waste


Yahoo:  Corporate Welfare


POGO: Project on Government Oversight




Workplace and contract issues


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Federal Labor Relations Authority


Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service


OSHA Statistics and Data


OSHA Workplace Safety Data available from NICAR


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Worker Fatalities Data





World Bank Poverty Monitoring Database


Currency converter



Consumer protection


Consumer Safety Product Commission


National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators


National Association of Attorneys General



Invention and innovation


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



Law and regulation:  Federal




Federal Trade Commission


Federal Register online


U.S. Courts


Environmental Protection Agency



Licensing and Regulation:  State and local


Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


National Association of Secretaries of State:  Corporate Registration


National Center for State Courts


Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation



Public records


SearchSystems:  Searchable public records on the web



Banking and finance


National Credit Union Administration


Office of Thrift Supervision


Federal Reserve Board


Federal Financial Institution Examination Council


Community Reinvestment Act Performance Ratings


House Financial Services Committee


Senate Finance Committee



Business on Business


PR Newswire


Business Wire


Corporate Annual Reports





American Institute of Philanthropy


The Foundation Center


National Association of State Charity Officials





National Association of Insurance Commissioners

NAIC consumer information:


Coalition Against Insurance Fraud


Insurance Services Office, Inc.

ISO’s page of links:


American Agent and Broker:  Magazine for insurance agents



Trade Associations


Yahoo listings


National Association of Realtors


Health Care Insurance Association of America


The Epsom Salt Industry Council



Business of media


Federal Communications Commission




Newspaper Association of America


Magazine Publishers of America


National Association of Broadcasters


National Association of Television Program Executives


National Cable Television Association


Interactive Advertising Bureau


Motion Picture Association of America


Recording Industry Association of America



Misc. sector-related sites


Food and Drug Administration



Grab bag


Data mining the web


The Library of Congress:  Thomas


Government Printing Office




Department of Labor Research Resources


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.


2003 Fair Market Rents


The Urban Institute’s State Database (Includes D.C.)


JOUR772 at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism




Web sites recommended by Knight Fellows (more to come)


Financial glossary


Guidestar – Nonprofits, 990s


Rough & Tumble – daily news summary from California


Math for Journalists – Pension funds, etc


Securities Class Action Clearinghouse


Merlin Information Services


IPO Monitor




Edgar Online Inc.


I Want Media


Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation


AlltheWeb (search engine)




Yahoo Finance


National Park Service

(data on park useage by month)


Office of Travel and Tourism Industries

International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce,  Links to organizations of and for journalists  State of Florida agencies and information


Center for Venture Research


The Corporate Library



 (Reuters global financial information and research)






Standard & Poor’s


MSN’s stock and fund screening tools


American Press Institute:  The Journalist’s Toolbox


Find Articles



And one more thing …


Mining archives for news stories

See the syllabus and resources page for

the Philip Merrill College of Journalism (University of Maryland) course

on mining the National Archives for news stories,

and the two items at the bottom

detailing the recent explosion in high-stakes archival research